Childbirth Educator Training and Certification

About Childbirth Educator Training

Becoming a Childbirth Educator (Antenatal Teacher) is a life-changing experience. It’s rewarding to see how, in just a few classes, you can change the process of birth, improve outcomes and help clients feel empowered to become the parents they want to be. CBI childbirth educators do more than just pass on information to expectant parents. Through our Childbirth Educator training program, our educators understand how to teach the skills needed for making informed choices, putting a plan in place for tackling unexpected situations, gaining decision-making capabilities and the confidence to communicate these to caregivers. During your ANCC accredited online childbirth educator training, you’ll learn how to teach these skills during classes while making them fun and interactive.

Clients need more than information on the process of birth and medical interventions to have the births they hope for. As a student, you’ll develop strong communication capability, learning the critical skills of reflective practice and active listening, and learn why these are so important. You’ll also gain a full understanding of how to help clients have realistic expectations and get the birth they want – using a unique blend of skills & models developed by Childbirth International. You’ll explore a multitude of different teaching techniques, focusing on active teaching skills that eliminate the need for long and boring lecture sessions.

A ready-made curriculum is included in your course for all students participating in our Childbirth Educator training program. You will also learn how to develop your own teaching plan and curriculum to suit the unique needs of your clients and your personal preferences & style. The Business of Birth module will give you the skills and knowledge to launch or grow your practice so it can meet your personal goals.

If you are unhappy with your course in any way, you can cancel within 48 hours of purchase and receive a full refund (less a $50 administration fee). You can read our refund policy for full details.

Certification Requirements

  • Two reflective practice assignments
  • Two assignments critiquing an article, podcast, or video
  • Physiology exams (online, open-book)
  • Prepare a teaching plan
  • Teach a six-hour course and reflect on the class
  • Complete case studies
  • Childbirth class survey
  • Evaluation of the course




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Topics in Childbirth Educator Training

Choosing Childbirth Educator training with CBI means choosing a program that provides you with a comprehensive knowledge base and skill set in providing engaging childbirth classes. You will have dedicated support from your trainer throughout the course, and can take as long as you need to complete it, making the course flexible enough to fit in with your other commitments. We cover four subject areas in the Birth Doula training program: Communication Skills; Pregnancy, Birth and Early Postpartum Physiology; Becoming a Childbirth Educator; Building Your Business.

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Communication Skills

Enhancing your communication skills enables you to build strong relationships with clients and caregivers alike. Many of you will work in challenging environments. During the course, you’ll explore these challenges and develop skills in building relationships with caregivers, without compromising your professionalism or your client’s wishes.

At the heart of every CBI training and certification program is reflective practice. But what exactly is “reflective practice”?

At its simplest, reflective practice is looking at what you’ve done, or didn’t do, and reflecting on it. In relation to CBI training, though, it’s so much more. Reflective practice is about examining choices and decisions, considering them from different perspectives, thinking about alternatives, learning from them, and then applying that learning to your work. It demonstrates best practice in continuing education, increases confidence and professionalism. It’s an incredibly valuable skill that you can pass on to your clients and help them to assimilate their experiences and one that we believe is essential in a birth doula training program.

All CBI training programs have an ongoing reflective practice focus. In every assignment you submit, this will be evaluated by your trainer, providing you with feedback on this aspect and help you to see your own growth in this area. You’ll be encouraged to reflect on the language you use, your participation in discussions and how you approach every aspect of your work.

At the end of this module, you’ll write a reflective assignment that will be reviewed by your trainer who’ll provide feedback and assessment.

Topics in Communication

  • effective communication
  • language and communication
  • active listening skills
  • reflective practice and debriefing
  • diversity & cultural humility
  • evidence-informed care and informed choice
  • grief and loss
  • professional practice
  • perspective and recognition

Pregnancy, Birth, and Early Postpartum Physiology

Understanding the normal physiology of pregnancy, labor, birth and the early postpartum period provides you with the knowledge you will need for working with pregnant clients. A strong understanding of physiology is an essential part of your birth doula training. The physiology module begins with the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and stages of fetal development. Next, you will explore the normal processes during labor and birth and the early postpartum period.

Understanding normal physiology in pregnancy and birth, together with knowing the evidence that relates to common interventions, is essential knowledge for all birth doulas!

Once you have a strong understanding of normal physiology, you will dig deeper into the concepts of active and expectant management of labor, and common routine interventions. You will consider the importance of nutrition, exercise, and the risks of nutrition-related illnesses. We will explore the concept of pain during labor, its physiological purpose, and options available for pain relief.

With up to one-third (and sometimes more!) of people having cesareans, it is important to understand the process of cesarean birth, ways to minimize the risk of a cesarean and the issues related to vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC).

As a childbirth educator, you’ll be providing education in the basics of lactation and may be supporting clients who experience problems in the first few weeks after their birth. In order to prepare for this, you will develop an understanding of lactation and discover tips for helping with the more common feeding problems. Finally, you’ll look at prenatal testing and screening, and the ethical issues related to this.

Topics in Physiology

  • physiology of pregnancy
  • physiology of labor
  • postpartum period
  • nutrition and exercise
  • pain in labor
  • management of labor
  • routine procedures during labor
  • cesarean and VBAC
  • introduction to lactation
  • prenatal testing and screening

Becoming a Childbirth Educator

Develop your teaching skills as an educator, enabling you to provide the best childbirth classes possible, and identify strategies for managing different teaching situations. You’ll learn how to develop a teaching plan, and how to confidently provide classes that develop skills, are informative, engaging, and fun. In addition, a teaching plan is provided for you to use or modify.

A comprehensive teaching plan is available for you to use, providing everything you need for 12 hours of classes. You can use this, modify it to meet the needs of your clients, or use your own.

This module is packed with ideas on how to teach different topics in a way that really helps parents during labor, birth and the early days of parenting. Understanding how to provide classes that are engaging and interactive is essential in a Childbirth Educator training program. During this module, you’ll submit reviews on three books, a survey, your reflections on a course that you observe, key components of a teaching plan, and evaluations of your own teaching. These will all be reviewed and assessed by your trainer.

Topics in Becoming a Childbirth Educator

  • recognizing perspectives on birth
  • learning styles
  • planning and structuring a course
  • active teaching
  • adult teaching principles
  • teaching partners and other supporters
  • addressing your audience’s needs
  • managing communication in a childbirth class
  • using visual aids effectively
  • alternative class formats
  • teaching ideas for knowledge and information sharing
  • teaching ideas for communication skills development
  • teaching ideas for parenting issues
  • evaluating your teaching

Building Your Business

The Building Your Business module provides you with everything you need to know about starting up, or growing, your business. We take away the daunting aspects of running a business and help you to find strategies to get started. With this in mind, our easy step-by-step process will soon have you on track with a business plan (that you understand!) and all the documentation you need for success.

Childbirth educators can, and do, have successful businesses that support them and their families. But to achieve that, developing business skills is essential. We want you to succeed, not just in your training, but in your business being sustainable, profitable, and personally satisfying!

This is an optional module and does not include any assignments. However, some students prefer to have more guidance. For this reason, we offer three different mentorship options that you can choose from.

Topics in Building Your Business

  • becoming a birth and parenting professional
  • determine your personal and business goals
  • learn marketing strategies such as segmentation, targeting, and positioning
  • develop a customer profile
  • analyze your competitors
  • determine your unique selling point
  • identify ways to broaden your products and services
  • develop your brand
  • learn the basics of website design
  • develop a social media strategy
  • determine your advertising approach
  • learn how to carry out financial analysis and avoid debt
  • understand the different options for a legal business structure
  • time management and ways to deal with work stresses